Victim in allegedly intentional hit-and-run dies; family creates crowdfunding campaign for expenses

Ramona Lachney leaves behind 2 children, 2 stepchildren, and 4 grandkids (Source: Family)
Ramona Lachney leaves behind 2 children, 2 stepchildren, and 4 grandkids (Source: Family)
Kimberly Ann Kling, 45 (Source: LPSO)
Kimberly Ann Kling, 45 (Source: LPSO)

ALBANY, LA (WAFB) - The victim in a hit-and-run that police believe was intentional has died, and now the family is asking for the community's support to help pay for funeral expenses.

Just after 6 p.m. on Monday, April 16, deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office say a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Pea Ridge Road in Albany, La. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Sheriff Jason Ard says that witnesses helped piece together the incident, and said that 45-year-old Kimberly Ann Kling intentionally swerved to strike the victim.

The family of the victim, identified as Ramona Lachney, 53, posted on Facebook Friday, April 27, saying that they had made the difficult decision to remove her from life support after doctors said her injuries were "far beyond repair."

Lachney passed away Saturday morning, April 28, according to her family. Sheriff Ard says they were notified of her death overnight.

Shannon Monahan, Lachney's daughter-in-law, set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral costs.

"I don't go out seeking help," Lachney's son, Joseph "Tres" Way, said. "But my family needs it. My mother was murdered."

Kling was originally arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder, DWI, and hit-and-run. Sheriff Ard says those charges will be upgraded.

Lachney leaves behind two children, two stepchildren, and four grandchildren.

"She didn't deserve this," Way said. "And neither did our family."

The investigation is going.

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